Serving wild turkey for Thanksgiving is a different twist on a holiday favorite. Florida’s abundant wild turkey populations can provide the ultimate healthy, organic and delicious Thanksgiving feast when knowledge, skill and good fortune come together for a successful hunt. The chefs at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have developed several mouth-watering wild turkey recipes for the big day and ways to serve leftovers using a variety of Fresh from Florida products.

Tale of two turkeys
Did you know two subspecies of wild turkeys live in the Sunshine State? The eastern wild turkey occurs across north Florida and the eastern United States, but the Osceola wild turkey is only found in the Florida peninsula. Thanks to science-based wildlife management, there are plenty of wild turkeys for people to enjoy.

Turkeys can FLY!?
While domestic turkeys are unable to fly, wild turkeys are in fact strong flyers. But even though wild turkeys can fly, they nest on the ground and spend most of their time on the ground. These birds are also social animals and can be found in flocks of 20 or more

Happy Thanksgiving 2018
As you are gathered with loved ones to celebrate this holiday of gratitude, we’d like to take a moment to thank you for your commitment to and engagement with conservation. It is through cooperation with the public that we are able to manage our natural resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. We are so fortunate to have an abundance of fish and wildlife resources in our state (including wild turkey!) and to work with a number of agencies, organizations and individuals to make sure they will last for generations to come. Our family wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season.
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